Eritrea has become one of the top refugee producing countries where, it is estimated that a quarter of the population is currently living outside the country mainly in very precarious refugee situations. Many of those who flee are forced to leave the country as a result of the indefinite national service and/or severe human rights violations. Some flee the acute poverty that is itself a resultat of the political context of the country.
Except the elderly people and small children, there is no legal way of exiting the country and that is particularly the case for people in the military conscription age (under 50s). This has led many to leave the country illegally through the facilitation of human smugglers. These smugglers have in recent years turned their smuggling business into more lucrative trafficking business that have resulted in kidnapping, torture and death of thousands of refugees.
The nature of departure and the situation in the refugee camps across the border means that many refugees are even more vulnerable than they were before leaving Eritrea. Accurate information about their situation is not accessible to policy makers, to NGOs or the general public. The refugees themselves don’t have any information about their rights and the protection available to them.
We advocate on Eritrean refugee, asylum and human rights issues, we also collaborate with leading international refugee and human rights organizations, with leading news outlets, and with Eritrea-specific European organizations in their reporting and advocacy efforts.
We encourage governmental authorities worldwide to
- treat Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers humanely, pursuant to international law, and with awareness of the life-threatening conditions from which they fled.
- Empower and encourage local NGOs to provide legal and social assistance to the refugees and asylum seekers.
ORGANISATION’s aims are to compile and disseminate credible and up-to-date information:
- On the various issues concerning Eritrean refugees.
- About support and guidance available refugees fleeing Eritrea.